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Friday, July 18, 2014

Screaming Divas Blog Tour


Today on my blog I have the Screaming Divas Blog Tour. On my stop there is a spotlight, review, and giveaway.

At sixteen, Trudy Baxter is tired of her debutante mom, her deadbeat dad, and her standing reservation at the juvenile detention center. Changing her name to Trudy Sin, she cranks up her major chops as a singer and starts a band, gathering around other girls ill at ease in their own lives. Cassie Haywood, would-have-been beauty queen, was scarred in an accident in which her alcoholic mom was killed. But she can still sing and play her guitar, even though she seeks way too much relief from the pain in her body and her heart through drugs, and way too much relief from loneliness through casual sex. Still, it's Cassie who hears former child prodigy Harumi Yokoyama playing in a punk band at a party, and enlists her, outraging Harumi's overbearing first-generation Japanese parents. The fourth member is Esther Shealy, who joins as a drummer in order to be close to Cassie--the long-time object of her unrequited love--and Harumi, her estranged childhood friend. Together, they are Screaming Divas, and they're quickly swept up as a local sensation. Then, just as they are about to achieve their rock-girl dreams, a tragedy strikes. 


Review: 

There is two things I love reading and music combine that in one book and I am a happy book lover even when that music is punk which is not my style. But with that said I did enjoy this book.

The four girls who make up Screaming Divas are all broken in their own way but when they come together the music starts to heal them but one mistake leads to a tragedy that can ruin everything they have done to heal themselves. Can they find their way back to each other or suffer through their pain and loss alone?

I enjoyed this book even though the music wasn’t my taste but the way Suzanne writes had me seeing the club the girls played in down to the mosh pit of dancing. I felt as if I was actually there watching the Screaming Divas play and see all the people dancing.

All four girls come from completely different back grounds but each one is broken in her own way and watching them come together and help heal one another is a beautiful thing even with all the crazy things going on around them. I of course I had my favorite of the girls and that was Cassie. There was just something about her that really touched my heart and the way her story ended was heartbroken. I understood why it had to happen but it was still hard to read.


I will definitely read more from Suzanne in the future. 4/5 Bloody Fangs 



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Back in the day, Suzanne Kamata spent a lot of time hanging out in a club in Columbia, South Carolina, much like the one in Screaming Divas. (The beat goes on . . .) She later wrote about musicians for The State newspaper, The Japan Times, and other publications. Now, she mostly writes novels. In her free time, she enjoys searching for the perfect fake fur leopard-print coat and listening to the Japanese all-girl band Chatmonchy. 


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~Sabrina
Monday, July 14, 2014

The Legacy Letters Blog Tour


Today on my blog I have The Legacy Letters tour. On my stop there is a spotlight, review, 5 Random Things, and giveaway.

A tragedy begins.
A husband and wife separate.
He’s dying. She doesn’t know.
She’s pregnant. He can’t return.

Now he races against time—
In the solitude of a mountain cabin.
In a faraway mountain range.
Trying to finish . . .

For his children—
his captivating stories and memories,
turned into practical, moral, and spiritual instructions,
now their “guidebook to life.”

For his wife—
his intimate words of great love and deep regret,
now his journey of redemption,
now her passage to forgiveness.

Ultimately, he gives his final gift
to her, to them,
and now,
to us all. 


Review:  

In The Legacy Letters the narrator is writing letters to his children and wife as a memento of life lessons since he is passing away and won’t be there to see his children grow up or even be born for that matter. In his letters he offers them advice about love, friendship, money, growing old, and just how to basically enjoy life and to never take it for granted.

I didn’t really have any expectations going into this book but I am so glad I read it. There isn’t a plot, climax, or even a resolution like we get in most books. But what this book has going for it that others don’t is it gives some great advice and makes us the reader actually sit and ponder on things like love, friendship, and loss. While I was reading one of the letters I was taken back to a time in my childhood that I actual had forgotten about where I came across one such letter from mom to me about these same things written in the form as if she had passed away and it brought back all those memories I had while reading this letter. Thankfully my mom is still with me but I remembered all the emotions I went through while reading that letter that my mom to this day has no idea I found little alone know I even read. But I think the narrator like my mom has given his family a gift that will always be cherished by his kids and wife as the kids get to the father they never met and the wife gets to remember all the reasons she fell in love with him to begin with.


I know I will keep the memory of this book for a long time just as I did with that letter I found all those years ago from my mom and hold it close to my heart. As we are not promised tomorrow so we need to live each day as it’s our last and be thankful for what we have and not worry about what we don’t. 4/5 Bloody Fangs 


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Carew lives life as a series of great tests of the spirit. Born with an adventurer’s heart—a fierce and undying curiosity to see and explore the world—he takes to his challenges as if they were fatefully created just for him. He is determined to be a Renaissance Man in an age that lauds the specialist. As seen by his writings and songs in The Legacy Letters, he is fascinated with the human condition and chronicles it by immersing himself in all its endless variations. 


5 Random Things About Me:

I like to eat Cheerios with my son during thunderstorms (we call them “sleepy-o’s”).



The horse I was married on was the horse I did my first book signing on—his name is “Boots.”



I worked on one of Marlon Brando’s last films, “Don Juan de Marco.” We had great conversations about motorcycles and cars.  He gave me signed baseball.



After having met on a ranch in Arizona where I worked as a cowboy, my now wife and I courted each other with over 200 old-fashioned love letters for over two years.

My favorite karaoke song is “Mustang Sally. 


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~Sabrina

The Founders' Plot Blog Tour


Today on my blog I have The Founders' Plot Blog Tour. On my stop there is a spotlight, and giveaway.

Clarion Reviews – Five Stars: … an
intriguing and rich novel. The char-
acters, dialogue, and plot will
entertain readers…to the end.

Kirkus Reviews: … for a fictional
account of a contemporary political
dispute, this is a competent if not
inspiring option.

When California Governor Michael J. DiGrasso pushes through a tough immigration law, the Supreme Court declares it unconstitutional, but the decorated Vietnam veteran refuses to accept the ruling. This ignites a clash between federal, state, and judicial power that threatens to jar the country’s political and justice systems. And it leaves the governor’s long-time friend, President of the United States, Martin W. Ballard, with the decision of whether to federalize the California National Guard to enforce the Court’s order.

Tension increases when Elizabeth Stern, a savvy member of the opposition party tries to ram through a new immigration law that will pass judicial review. An expert in back-room legislative machinations, she’ll go to any length to force the governor to obey the Court decision, and her devious maneuvers throw DiGrasso’s personal and professional life into turmoil.

One subplot involves DiGrasso’s close personal friend, Congressman Manuel Mendoza, who is indicted for taking bribes. Another concerns two Mexican families in the country illegally and the tragedies that befall them because of the new immigration law.

The unfolding of these interwoven events creates a tense, fast-paced thriller that parallels the current tumult over illegal immigration and the on-going debate on Constitutional interpretation that will leave readers craving for the eventual outcome. 

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Frank Victoria was born and raised in Chicago, a city rich in industry and ambitions and many of his ideas were molded by its brand of politics and immigrant culture. He served in the Marine Corps, which left an imprint of just how much he could do and helped create the persistence needed to earn his BA in Journalism from Northern Illinois University.

It took him nearly eight years to get the degree because he repeatedly had to interrupt his studies with full-time work to pay for his expenses. He toiled on the docks loading and unloading freight, moved furniture, worked construction, was a cabbie, a shoe salesman and a factory worker. The payoff: Time in the ivory tower setting balanced by a nitty gritty education in the real world. 


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~Sabrina
Thursday, July 10, 2014

Vortex Blog Tour


Today on my blog I have the Vortex Blog Tour. On my stop there is a spotlight, review, excerpt, and giveaway.

The impossible was just the beginning. Now in their second year as superhuman government weapons-in-training at the Pentagonal Spire, Tom Raines and his friends are mid-level cadets in the elite combat corps known as the Intrasolar Forces. But as training intensifies and a moment arrives that could make or break his entire career, Tom’s loyalties are again put to the test.

Encouraged to betray his ideals and friendships for the sake of his country, Tom is convinced there must be another way. And the more aware he becomes of the corruption surrounding him, the more determined he becomes to fight it, even if he sabotages his own future in the process.

Drawn into a power struggle more dramatic than he has ever faced before, Tom stays a hyperintelligent step ahead of everyone, like the exceptional gamer he is—or so he believes. But when he learns that he and his friends have unwittingly made the most grievous error imaginable, Tom must find a way to outwit an enemy so nefarious that victory seems hopeless. Will his idealism and bravado cost him everything—and everyone that matters to him?

Filled with action and intelligence, camaraderie and humor, the second book in S.J. Kincaid’s futuristic World War III Insignia trilogy continues to explore fascinating and timely questions about power, politics, technology, loyalty, and friendship. 


Excerpt: 

The flames glittered in her black eyes. Their skirmish had tousled her hair, and he could see the scarring she tended to hide under locks of dark hair from the side of her head where she had most of it. His gaze traced over it, and Medusa seemed to realize what he was looking at. She turned her head away.
               “No, wait,” Tom said, circling to her side of the fire. “You don’t have to . . . I mean, I thought you don’t care if . . .”
               “I don’t.”
               He stood there a moment, dismayed, uncertain what to do. Then he reached out for her, and she flinched back.
               “What, you said you don’t care,” Tom pointed out. “Either you care or you don’t care what I’m seeing.”
               “I’ve had this since I was very young, Tom.” Her voice was acidic. “I am used to it. So, no, I don’t care anymore.”
               “So why are you upset when I—”
               “It’s different with you.”
               The implication slammed him: he’d done this. He had to fix it.
               This time, he took her gently by the shoulder before she could pull back. When he lifted his palm to brush the dark strands of her hair aside, her hand flew to the sword in his scabbard. Tom let her draw it if she wanted to. Soon, he could see her face, that mass of burn scar tissue twisting its way from her scalp, down her features.
               She stood there, utterly rigid, and he was vaguely aware of the sword wavering indecisively between them, like she couldn’t decide whether to sink it into him or toss it aside. Tom’s hand hovered over her cheek. He wasn’t sure whether this was okay, so he stayed that way, feeling the warmth radiating from her skin.
               “Does it hurt?” he asked her.
               Her black eyes flashed up to his. The point of the sword bit into his abdomen. “The nerves are dead. What do you think?”
               Tom opened and closed his mouth a few times before getting the words out. “I lost all my fingers. They froze.” He felt embarrassed admitting this, but he held his hands up, the only offering he had. “And I know the nerves are dead and they’re not even there anymore, so I’m imagining it, but sometimes they hurt. It’s weird. It’s stupid.”
               Medusa considered him, and he was aware of the sword sliding back down. She planted it in the ground by her feet. “I shouldn’t have tried to kick out your fire.”
               “You were right. It would’ve gotten me killed.”
               She lowered herself next to the crackling flames and tugged on his trouser leg, so he sank down next to her. They faced each other in the wavering golden light, and Medusa took his hand, then raised it so it hovered near her jaw again.
               “I don’t feel anything,” she told him.
               This time, Tom brushed his palm over the scar tissue. Strange. He’d expected something hard or rough. But it was cool, even soft in places. There was something about seeing the burn so close, feeling it, that diminished it in his mind. It shrank away as that shocking thing seen only in fleeting, stolen glimpses, and soon all he could see was the girl across from him, with this one more aspect rendering her . . . well, far from ordinary.
               “You haven’t tried to guess my name today,” Medusa pointed out.
               “Oh, yeah. Forgot.” Then he threw one out. “Wu Tang.”
               She rolled her eyes. “That’s your most pitiful guess yet.”
               Tom leaned in and whispered, “Tell me your real name and I’ll stop coming up with bad guesses.”
               She shoved him lightly. “You can’t coerce me with bad guesses.”
               “I can try, Murgatroid.”
               “Murgatroid?” She started laughing. “Is that even a name? It’s not Cantonese.”
               Tom watched her and his brain seemed to short out. He wasn’t sure what to blame for it later. Maybe he temporarily lost his mind because Medusa was so close to him. Maybe his mind blurred at the sight of fire dancing in her black irises.
               Maybe there simply was nothing sensible in his head in that moment, nothing to stop him. He reached over and drew her into his arms, feeling her fragile shoulders tense against his palms, then he dipped his head to hers and claimed her lips in his own.
               The last time they had kissed, Tom had been in VR; he hadn’t felt a thing. His mind had buzzed with the realization he was kissing her, and maybe that’s why some part of him hadn’t been fully present.
               Not this time.
               Her body softened against his, and to the tips of his toes Tom experienced this liquid elation, this utter rightness like he’d never felt before. His palm stroked up her back, cupped the hot skin of her neck, fingers twining into her silken black hair. The world seemed to go still and there was nothing under the crisp, starry sky of Siberia but Medusa, the feel of her, the taste of her, and need roared up within him as he tightened his grip and deepened the kiss. 


Review:  

I enjoyed this book even though due to my own fault I was lost in the book as I thought I had read book one. But with that said I did like this book and after finishing it I went to go buy book one so I can read it and then I plan to re-read this one again so it makes better sense to me.


This is one of those books that you get pulled into right from the start and the next thing you know you have read the last page but you still want more. And I definitely need book three just so I can see what is going to happen next. I mean how often do you read a book where you love all the characters even the bad ones? I know for me it doesn’t happen often and with this book I loved them all. I also love how S.J. has the right amount of action and laugh out loud humor to the point I actually had people looking at me in the doctor’s office from laughing so much. But it was so worth it. I am excited to read the first book so I can learn more about the characters and the world S.J. has created. 5/5 Bloody Fangs


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S.J. Kincaid was born in Alabama, grew up in California, and attended high school in New Hampshire, but it was while living beside a haunted graveyard in Scotland, that she realized that she wanted to be a writer. Her debut, Insignia, came out in July of 2012. The second book in the series, Vortex came out in July of 2013. The final book in the INSIGNIA trilogy will come out in Fall of 2014. 



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~Sabrina 

Divulgence Blog Tour


Title: Divulgence (Angels & Demons ~ Book 2)
Author: Tich Brewster
Genre: YA, Paranormal
Publisher: Pennedit
Cover Artist: Sprinkles on Top Studios
Photographer: K Keeton Designs
Models: Eric Zeke Madden and Jaclyn Rutland
Release Date: 7/1/14

Armageddon is coming…

Hannah is a Devada, a special breed created to kill Satan’s chosen four ~ his Kings of hell.

Hannah is on the hunt for the demons responsible for the death of her parents.  Their gruesome bodies still haunt her dreams.  Will these nightmares ever end?  Will she get to know peace once more?

When Raum was sent to Oklahoma to help a young girl transform into a Devada he knew there was something different about her.  She wasn’t like any other Devada he’d known.  When secrets are revealed he is surprised at how special Hannah truly is.



Review: 
I absolutely loved this book! I was on the edge of my seat the whole time reading just as I was with the first book in this series.

The passion that Tich writes her books with is mind blowing. You feel like your right in the book with the characters going through everything right along with them. And let me tell you at one point I honestly felt like Tich had ripped out my heart and soul and stomped all over it to the point I had to take a break from reading as I was totally devastated. But once I got over being totally soul crushed I started reading again and thankfully Tich fixed my shattered soul or I was going to message her and yell at her.

Hannah is totally a kick ass heroine who is still learning what all her powers are and I would love to be able to do half of what she can. And Raum there is nothing I can really say except that I just absolutely love him.

I highly recommend this book/series to everybody. It is that Amazing! And since I love it so much I am giving it 10/10 Bloody Fangs and since it’s my blog I can do that. 

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They rode through town and Hannah was saddened by the empty lot where her house once stood.  Memories of that horrid night flooded her thoughts turning her sadness into rage.  As they passed the high school her eyes landed on the spot where Chris used to park.  Someone else had parked there but knowing that Chris would never park his truck there again set her blood to boiling.
Raum felt her tense.  He knew those emotions well.  He experienced several deaths of loved ones throughout his many years on this earth.  That was just the price you paid for serving a higher purpose.  Being immortal was both a blessing and a curse all rolled into one big package.
They neared the edge of town.  “Hold on tight,” he yelled above the roar of the engine.  She squeezed her arms tight around his waist.
When he was sure that she was secure, he sped off down the highway.  The cool breeze hitting her body soothed her temper.  She inhaled deeply the air that leaked into her helmet and focused on Raum.  He was her rock, the one thing she could count on in this messed up world.
She let the highway fade away as she concentrated on her boyfriend.  The muscles in his stomach flexed ever so slightly as he maneuvered his bike along the twists and turns of the old road.  Using her index finger, she traced the outline of his abs.






Tich is an Oklahoma resident and the mother of five.  Her passion for reading started at an early age when her Aunt Vicky gave her the novel Heidi for Christmas.  She didn’t start writing until middle school, after being inspired by her best friend’s short stories. “Genny’s stories weren’t just great but they inspired me to put my pen and paper to good use.”  Tich never thought of publishing her works until working with Teresa on the Royal Blood series.



 
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Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Lover, Divine Blog Tour


Today on my blog I have the Lover, Divine Blog Tour. On my stop there is a spotlight, review, and giveaway. 


LOVER, DIVINE

Mythos: Gods & Lovers 1

Author: A. Star
Release Date: Feb. 25, 2014

For fans of the Oracle of Delphi series...and for those who aren't...



Born into one of the wealthiest families in Ireland, Siobhan Law has status, privilege, and a secret: The Greek gods of Olympus and their kingdom in the clouds are real, and her family acts as one of their agents on Earth.

When the beautiful immortal celeste Liam Argyros shows up claiming to have come to Earth to deal in the affairs of the divine, Siobhan finds herself unable to resist his charms. New to the game of passion and seduction, she quickly ends up in over her head, sinking deeper with every attempt Liam makes to win her over.

But Liam’s divine mission is far more complex than she ever imagined and nothing is truly as it seems. Because Liam has a secret of his own: He is Apollo, Olympian god of the Sun, and his mission will never be complete until he has claimed Siobhan’s heart forever.

WARNING: For readers 18+ only. Contains adult language and sexual situations. 





Review: 
I really love books that have the Greek Gods & Goddess in them and Lover, Divine is no exception. I was hooked from the prologue until the very last page.

Siobhan is from one of the wealthiest families in Ireland. She has wealth, privilege, and status but with all this comes huge secrets as her family is an agent for the Greek Gods & Goddess of Mt. Olympus. But Siobhan finds solstice in her music. She is an amazing violinist in her schools’ orchestra but when she is challenged for her chair by the gorgeous Liam she is not worried that is until he plays. But Siobhan knows what Liam really is he is an Immortal who works for the Gods and he is sent down to Earth for a mission and that mission is Siobhan. Siobhan has difficulties fighting off his advances but soon her heart starts to fall for him. However Liam is not what he claims to be, as he is Apollo God of the Sun and he won’t stop until he has Siobhan’s heart forever as his.


So as I stated as the beginning I love books that have Greek Mythology and Gods in them. I devour any and all books with this theme. However Apollo drove me crazy at times with his secrets he kept from Siobhan. I wanted to so many times reach in the book and just slap the three thousand year old Greek God for Siobhan. But then he would go and tell her how much he loved her that she would always have his heart and I would just melt right along with Siobhan. As for Siobhan she is definitely become one of my favorite heroines. She is so much stronger than I could have been in her situation. I don’t think I could have handled loving a God and knowing all the secrets he has to keep from her but she does struggle with it at times. But I would have to say my favorite parts of this book are when Siobhan is putting Apollo in his place. She doesn’t bow down to him like all the other mortals do. She is stubborn and definitely keeps Apollo on his toes like no other Goddess or Mortal woman has before. And the passion between Apollo and Siobhan burns the pages when she finally gives in and every other time right along with it. I can’t wait for the next book in this series as I have now added A. Star to my must buy list! 5/5 Bloody Fangs 



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A. Star is a fan of dirty passion. She likes to read it, and she damn sure likes to write it. Her first adult romance/fantasy novella is called Invasion, an alien romance about sacrifice. Lover, Divine is the first release from the Mythos: Gods and Loversseries. Future releases under A. Star include, King, Desired (Mythos: Gods and Lovers #2), the Love & Steampunk series, the Purr, Inc. stories, and more. 



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~Sabrina 
Saturday, July 5, 2014

Hearts In Vegas Blog Tour


Today on my blog I have the Hearts in Vegas blog tour. On my stop there is a spotlight, review, and giveaway.


"You're not going into this alone."


P.I. Frances Jefferies is the perfect person to slip into Las Vegas's underworld to recover a priceless necklace. With her elite investigative skills, not to mention her jewel-thief past, she knows she can get the job done. That is, until a sexy stranger gets in her way. 

Braxton Morgan's past is as secretive as her own. There's so much about this man she wants to discover—but not at the cost of her case. For that, she must stay focused. Then Braxton suggests adding his security expertise to catch the criminal. And suddenly they're mixing smarts with danger and a whole lot of passion! 



Review: 

This is not my usual type of book I read. I like paranormal mixed in with my romance but with that said I really enjoyed this book and have added Colleen to my must buy list.

This is the third book in Colleen’s Private Eyes in Las Vegas and this is just as good as the first two books. I am completely hooked on this series and Colleen’s writing. She blends romance and mystery so well together even though it has no paranormal aspects in it which is my usual type of book. The characters are well rounded and you can easily relate to them. I am definitely buying the next book that Colleen writes. 4/5 Bloody Fangs 


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Colleen Collins is an award-winning author who’s written several dozen novels for Harlequin and Dorchester. She has also indie-published two mystery novels (THE UNGRATEFUL DEAD and THE ZEN MAN) and several nonfiction books on private investigations. She’s a member of the Mystery Writers of America, Romance Writers of America, Private Eye Writers of America and Sisters in Crime. When not writing, she loves spending time with her husband, two Rottweilers (named Aretha Franklin and Jack Nicholson) and three cats. 


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~Sabrina

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