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July 29, 2016

Loved It: A Promise of Fire by @AuthorABouchet @SourcebooksCasa #fantasy #Olympians

Series: Kingmaker Chronicles 1
Format: eGalley
Release Date: August 2, 2016
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Genre: Fantasy


Catalia "Cat" Fisa lives disguised as a soothsayer in a traveling circus. She is perfectly content avoiding the danger and destiny the Gods—and her homicidal mother—have saddled her with. That is, until Griffin, an ambitious warlord from the magic-deprived south, fixes her with his steely gaze and upsets her illusion of safety forever.

Griffin knows Cat is the Kingmaker, the woman who divines the truth through lies. He wants her as a powerful weapon for his newly conquered realm—until he realizes he wants her for much more than her magic. Cat fights him at every turn, but Griffin's fairness, loyalty, and smoldering advances make him increasingly hard to resist and leave her wondering if life really does have to be short, and lived alone.

Award-winning author Amanda Bouchet grew up in New England and studied French at the undergraduate and graduate levels. She moved to Paris, France, in 2001. Her first novel, A Promise of Fire, won several Romance Writers of America chapter contests, including the Orange Rose Contest and the paranormal category of the prestigious Golden Pen.

July 28, 2016

Supe Shots feat. M.J. Rose, April Genevieve Tucholke, J.R. Ward

The Witch of Painted Sorrows, The Daughters of La Lune 1, by M. J. Rose
4 Cauldrons | Historical Fantasy | via Edelweiss | Atria Books | March 17, 2015
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Another beautifully written book by M.J. Rose. I love the setting, Rose's Paris is very mystical, dark, and oh so seductive. I love the whole romance aspect of THE WITCH OF PAINTED SORROWS, it's multi-layered and the entire book is a story of love. The most powerful being the unrequited type which continues to motivate this malevolent ghost, La Lune, to posess her descendants with Sandrine her latest victim. 

July 27, 2016

Match Series: The Backstory (Online Dating)

Hey y'all and welcome to my new blog series chronicling my online dating adventures. 

Don't judge! 
Okay you can.
But in my defense, this is one of the many ways that I'm stepping out of my comfort zone. As I mentioned in last week's Gush & Gripe, I'm in the process of making a life change and I figured why not try online dating?!

July 26, 2016

Shelley Loved: Sun and Moon by Desiree Williams

Series: Standalone
Format: E-Galley | 255 pages
Release Date: April 28, 2016
Publisher: Amazon Digital Svcs.
Source: Xpresso Book Tours
Genre: Fantasy

There is nothing in life that eighteen year old Zara craves more than her freedom. Stolen from her home in Cadrebia at the age of eight, Zara has spent more years than she cared to admit as a slave to the Tankadesh courts. Her days are filled with protecting the princess, while she spends nights entertaining the king and his officials with her mastery of weapons. Any spare moment in between, she plots escape.

Yet her hopes for freedom come to a crashing halt when a stranger arrives bearing the mark of her assigned lifemate, and he threatens war if she isn’t turned over into his care. But a lifemate is not part of the plan. Her dreams, of choosing her own path and being the master of her own will, weaken as her Moon seeks to claim his Sun.

Is it possible that this stranger, with gentle blue eyes and a ready smile, didn’t come to be her new master? That there could be more to his tale?

Zara soon finds that neither her captivity nor her parents’ deaths were mere random attacks. And by returning to Cadrebia, she may have put the future of the royal line—and her Moon—in jeopardy. While Zara breathes in her first taste of freedom, her enemies move in, seeking to rob Cadrebia of its blessed prophecy.

To keep what she holds dear, Zara must rise above the pain and uncertainty to claim the lifemate assigned to her, or more than her freedom will be stolen this time.