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Book Review | The Wolf of Dalriada by Elizabeth Gates

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The Wolf of Dalriada by Elizabeth Gates

Published by : Matador Publishing on October 19 2016

Genre: Historical

Format: Ebook

Source: Netgalley

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Synopsis

It is 1793… As Europe watches the French Revolution’s bloody progress, uneasy Scottish landowners struggle to secure their wealth and power. And, in Dalriada – the ancient Kingdom of Scotland – fractured truths, torn loyalties and bloody atrocities are rife. Can anyone ride the maelstrom of these dangerous times? Only, it seems, Malcolm Craig Lowrie – the legendary Wolf of Dalriada. 

In remote Argyll, people cry out to the young laird for protection against the evil of the Clearances. And there is also a beautiful Frenchwoman – staked as a child on the turn of a card – now living in thrall to her debauched captor, Sir William Robinson. But can the Wolf of Dalriada safeguard his people? Can the Wolf defeat enemies who, like the spirit of Argyll’s Corryvrecken Whirlpool, threaten to engulf them all? 

Written with a blend of mysticism and intrigue, the psychological realism of the characters is exhibited in their reaction to tremendous cultural change. The Wolf of Dalriada is a truly fascinating historical novel that will be enjoyed by fans of Philippa Gregory and Hilary Mantel.

Review

This is a long over due review. I’ve had this book for like 3 months now, and it has got to get checked off my to do list.

Generally I’m am never so unsure of a book as I am with this one. It was really good, don’t get me wrong, but I don’t think that it was my type of book persay. I selected to review this book because I am a fan of some of the things it features. Like history and politics. That being said I wasn’t let down. The writing was amazing, the character development and the setting were as well.

I really do believe that Gates did a great job here with The Wolf of Dalriada. I also think that it’s not the book’s fault I wasn’t thrilled entirely with it. I read this completely when I was going through a rough patch, and that may or may not have to do with my feelings towards it. My feelings being sort of neutral in this case.

I’m going to give this book 4 out of 5 stars. It was brilliantly written just not for me at the time.

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Book Reviews · Erotica/Erotic Romance · Paranormal · romance · Werewolves

Book Review: Tempted By The Pack (Blue Moon Brides 1) by Anne Marsh

 

Tempted by the Pack by Anne Marsh

Self Published on October 17th 2013

Genre: Erotica Romance // Paranormal Romance

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Synopsis

Once in a blue moon…
For Rafer Breaux, life in the Louisiana Bayou is harsh, violent—and deeply sensual. The Cajun werewolf lives for his Pack and he’ll do whatever it takes to keep his brothers safe. The longer a wolf lives without a mate, the harder it becomes for that wolf to shift back. To remember that he is a man—and not a monster. And those mates can only be found during a blue moon. When a blue moon finally rises, Rafer will need every weapon in his sensual arsenal to tempt one special woman into his arms and the heart of the Pack.

The Pack hunts for mates
Fighting to keep her family farm, Lark Andrews isn’t looking for love. Even if the very sexy Breaux brothers make her dream of hot bayou nights spent in their arms. When the blue moon leads Rafer to her door, however, Rafer has her rethinking her position on all work and no play. Now, the bayou nights are heating up as Rafer fights to convince her, one sensual touch at a time, to give love and passion a chance. But Rafer isn’t a one wolf deal. Is there room in Lark’s heart—and bed—for Rafer and his Pack?

Review

When I first began this book I honestly wasn’t really feeling it all that much. Now having had read it, I still don’t think I’m completely feeling it.

The whole blue moon thing is very different from most werewolf books I’ve read. As they normally center around the full moon or just no moon at all. So already Marsh has set Tempted By The Pack apart from similar books in her genre. Other than  the use of the blue moon, the dynamic that the story’s romance had was different too. Every male in the pack had to have a mate, whether it was a shared mate within the pack or not, or else they would eventually succumb to their wolves and lose all of their humanity.

I liked that it was different from what I was used to, but there were things throughout the book the didn’t make sense. I’m not going to say specifics, because spoilers are evil, but I will say the dynamic of the romance was so annoying. Plus it didn’t make a lot of sense towards the ending. The fight scene was just ok, and the way the author constructed the vampire element was strange to me. I was so for a werewolf book set in the bayou, but it just didn’t live up to what I was expecting.

The characters for me were eh. Like I liked them, but they weren’t the best in my opinion. That’s really how I felt about the whole book. I liked it, just not that much.

There were also inconsistencies in the book.

Now I also want to say that I’m not trying to bash this book or the author. I’m just saying it wasn’t for me, but you may like it in ways I didn’t.

I’m going to give this book 2 out of 5 stars. It hurts me to do that, because I feel like this book had a lot of potential.

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A Continuation | An Update On My Nexplanon Birth Control Experience 

When I say it has been a struggle, I mean that it has been a extreme struggle. From my mood changes, to new found acne, it’s been hard. I’ve had heavy discharge and bleeding, worsened migraines, fatigue, weight gain, and the list just goes on and on and on.

Like I had said in my previous post, I thought it would be good, convenient, and effective. However my expirence has not been the best.

As you may know any form of hormonal birth control can effect your mood. Also I’m sure you’re aware that life is a fickle thing that throws unexpected events in from time to time.

Since making the original post I’ve had some things happen in my life. My mother and I are being forced to move out of our current home by November 1st. We don’t have loads of money coming in, so it’s becoming a stressful and constant worry.

Before that was even an issue I was already fight with extreme mood swing, and unusual bouts of depression and anxiety. With more stress being added to the table things have just gotten worse. To be honest I’m taking things day by day. The bleeding and discharge has also worsened.

I’ve talked to my GYN about everything, and all she could say was my case was a rarity. I’ve decided to have it removed and look at my other options. I’m might just go back to the pill. But the thing about having it removed is that I have to go and see some completely different GYN. I just find it funny that they can put it in but can’t remove it. Doesn’t make much sense to me.

So that’s where I’m at with it. I don’t know if I would ever think about doing another implant or even an IUD. Since I’ve done much more research I’ve read horror stories.

If you’ve had a bad expirence with Nexplanon, or other forms of birth control like it, I would urge you to share. The more information out there, the more women can avoid these types of situations.

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Book Reviews · Mystery

Book Review | Miranda Warning (A Murder In The Mountains #1) by Heather Day Gilbert

Miranda Warning by Heather Day Gilbert

Published by WoodHaven Press in 2014

Genre: Mystery

Format: EBook

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Child of the Appalachian mountains, Tess Spencer has experienced more than her share of heartache. The Glock-wielding, knife-carrying housewife knows how to survive whatever life throws at her.

But when an anonymous warning note shows up in her best friend Miranda’s mailbox—a note written in a dead woman’s handwriting—Tess quickly discovers that ghosts are alive and well in Buckneck, West Virginia. Hot on a cold trail, she must use limited clues and her keen insight into human nature to unmask the killer…or the next victim might be Tess herself.

Tinged with the supernatural and overshadowed by the mountains’ lush, protective presence, this twisting psychological mystery is the first in A Murder in the Mountains series.
This novel is written from a Christian worldview.

Review

This is yet another book that I wish I had picked up a long time ago. It had been sitting on my kindle shelf for the longest time, and I have no idea why I hadn’t read it already. It was just that good.

Throughout this Miranda Warning you’re following Tess Spencer on her journey to uncover the mystery surrounding a strange note that her elderly friend Miranda had received. But that’s not even the half of it.

From the beginning the book is gripping. It grabs you and pulls you in for the ride ahead. There are unexpected twists and turns all the way til the end that will keep you guessing.

Yes there is a several romantic elements throughout, but it’s not over powering the mystery side of Miranda Warning.

I think that something I really enjoyed about this book was the characters. They weren’t flat. They felt like real people that I could relate to, and they make me want to pick up the next book just to see what happens next in their lives. Saying that, it wasn’t just the main characters that were of high quality, but the supporting ones as well.

This is one of this rare cases where I have nothing bad or negative to say regarding a book. The plot was great, the pacing was great, the characters were amazing, and the book made me feel. That’s how I always know it’s good, when the book evokes emotion from the reader.

If you enjoy a great mystery with amazing and relatable characters that always keep you on your toes, then you will most certainly love Miranda Warning by Heather Day Gilbert. I just can’t help but give this book 5 out of 5 stars.
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Book Reviews · Erotica/Erotic Romance · romance

Book Review | Grey by E.L. James

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Grey by E.L. James

Published by : Vintage (aka Penguin)  on June 18th 2015

Genre: Erotic Romance

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Grey has been one of those books for me. You know, the type that you realize after reading it you should’ve picked it up long ago. It felt almost, dare I say, refreshing to dive back into the world of Fifty Shades of Grey once more after such a long time. Also, after having read this I cannot wait for James to release the next book from Christian’s point of view.

This book was “refreshing” for me not only because I was able to re-enter the world again, but because it’s the same story told from a different side. That was what had initially intrigued me to read it in the first place. As a reader I believe we get more insight into Christian, and I feel like it answered some questions that I had about him after reading the original series.

Overall I found it so interesting. Throughout Grey, Christian has dreams that relate back to his childhood. Those dreams that he had really show you why he’s so fucked up. I also think seeing how Anastasia effected him through his own eyes was quite good fun.

All that being said Grey is the exact same story as Fifty Shades of Grey. The only difference being is that you hear things from the other side. Which, as I stated previously, gives the reader more information. Thus, allowing readers to form new opinions with the new information at hand.

There were, as I’m sure you are well aware, plenty of steamy bits throughout the entirety of the book. I feel like I liked the romantic and sexual scenes in this book more so than the original. However, I did feel a touch awkward reading it from a male’s point of view.

I’m giving this book 4 out of 5 stars. That’s simply because some parts were stale, and  I felt myself wanting to skip ahead to more exciting parts. I had the same issue with the original series. Would I recommend Grey? Yeah I would. If you are a fan of Fifty Shades of Grey I would urge you to check it out.

 

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Where I’ve Been | My Experience With Nexplanon Birth Control

I’m sure majority of you have noticed my absence, and for that I do apologize. It wasn’t something that I had intended to happen, but in light of what I’ve been going through emotionally, mentally, and physically I feel it was the right call.

For the last couple of months I have taken a leave from all of my social media platforms. I missed writing my blog posts, pinning new helpful things, and tweeting to fellow writers. However, during that period of time I knew I had to take a break and focus on my own health and well being.

On the 17th of May I had the birth control implant Nexplanon placed in my arm. Most of my friends had it, and I thought it would be a good and effective method for me as well. I was always forgetting to take my pill, or taking it late, and if I did ever choose to become sexually active I wanted an effective back up incase of faulty condoms.

Right away my moods changed horrifically. I was mad for no reason, at people I had no reason to be mad at. I was aware that my mood was changing but I felt like I couldn’t stop it. Then came worsening anxiety, followed by a bout of depression. I was crying all the time, and didn’t want to leave my bed. It kept me from being me and doing the things that I loved. It seemed like things got worse before they got better. It was the end of June before my moods had stabilized and return to normal. I felt like myself again.

But that wasn’t all this thing had in store for me. I started my “period” on the 10th of June. It has raged on since then. My GYN put me on 1mg of estrogen this past week in hopes of stabilizing the lining of my uterus, but I don’t think it’s working.

I was told that my case was a rarity by my doctor, but upon researching I saw otherwise. I want to say if you’re a women considering this method of BC I would shy away from it unless you’ve been on something similar. It really fucked me up, for the lack of better words, and I wish I hadn’t gotten it.

My posts aren’t going to go back to being “regular” per say, but I am going to work on it. I’m not making any definite promises as I’m on yet another pill, and there’s no telling of how the estrogen my effect me.

Book Reviews · Erotica/Erotic Romance · LGBT · Paranormal · romance · Uncategorized · vampires

Book Review: The Vampire’s Pet (The Vampyr Book 1) by V.R. Cumming

Genre:

Adult Fiction // Erotica // Vampire // Paranormal Romance // LGBT // MM Romance

Series:

Yes this is the first book in The Vampyr Series.

Publication Date:

Published by Bone Diggers Press on September 19th 2014

Where To Find It:

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Synopsis:

Eric Logan is twenty-one, a physics major at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, and a geek. All he wants is to make it through college in one piece. If he can find a woman to share his life with, well, all the better, but he doesn’t hold out much hope of that happening. He’s learned the hard way that women find shy, safe men too boring to keep around for long.

While attending a party with his friend Devin, Eric meets the vampire Elizabet, who offers him a spot in her stable of blood slaves. Not long after, the lovely Gianna Brady walks into his life. With her in his heart and a job as a vampire’s pet, Eric finally has the life and love he’s always wanted and is eager to begin his journey through the hidden society he’s now a part of, a society where blood and sex are used to cement alliances and control the violent nature of the beast within.

The world of the Vampyr isn’t as easy to navigate as it appears, however, and Eric is soon lost in a whirlwind of obstacles and complications. Devin isn’t content with the friendship Eric craves; Marco, Elizabet’s favorite, has plans for his mistress’ newest pet that Eric isn’t keen on fulfilling; and the vampire queen needs a strong ally. As he struggles to find his place in this new world, Eric is pushed to the limits of his humanity and wonders if he’ll ever find his way back to it again, or if the monster he’s becoming will consume him and everyone he loves in its thirst for power and blood.

Review:

Going into this book I had never read M/M Erotica book before. I wasn’t really sure what exactly to expect. Sure I’d read the fluffy LGBT YA and NA books but nothing quite like this.

Something else that I found interesting going in was that the story was told in episodes. I now know that The Vampire’s Pet had originally been released as a serial, and it has now been compiled into a series of books. I find that kind of cool. This also meant that it isn’t the typical length that most erotica has. Normally 50 pages is quite average with books within the erotica genre, but The Vampire’s Pet came in with over 300 pages. Which I really did like.

This book contained a mixture of different sexual partners. Sometimes it was three guys, sometimes it was two guys and a woman. Which is very different from what I’m used to reading. But I liked it. The sex scenes within were all very hot and edgy. If you weren’t one for Fifty Shades of Grey then you definitely aren’t going to like The Vampire’s Pet because they contain a lot of similar things. Only V.R. Cumming kicked it up a notch.

Not all of the sex was consensual so if that is a trigger for you I would advise against reading this book entirely. The same goes for if torture or punishment is also a trigger.

I really wasn’t a big fan of the characters themselves. I mean they were alright, but I feel like the development wasn’t completely on point. I feel like their development was rushed because the sex in the book was such a big part of the plot line.

Something that I can say is that I didn’t find any typos, spelling, or grammatical errors in The Vampire’s Pet. So props to Cumming for that one.

All in all I think it was good. It was really new and different for me, and I think I might dabble in reading more things similar. So I think that I’m going to give this book a 4/5 star rating.

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On Writing · Writing tips

On Writing | 6 Reasons Why Reading Is Essential For Writers


I’m sure you all have heard that in order to progress as a writer you must read. You might think that it isn’t as nessecary as everyone makes it out to be, but I can assure you that it one of the best things you can do to improve your craft. 

Why reading is such an important part of being a writer goes much further than you might think. Here are some key point to keep in mind of why it is so important. 

  • You are exposed to many different genres
  • You are exposed to many different styles of writing
  • Say you wanted to write a book but didn’t know exactly how, you can get ideas from the way other authors have written similar topics
  • Reading can inspire you
  • Reading can widen your vocabulary 
  • You can find popular tropes within your niche

Those are just six examples of why reading is important to us writers, but the list goes on and on. There are so many benefits to it. 

Speaking from experience I feel like reading has genuinely helped me better my writing skills. If you follow me on here quite regularly then you know I read a lot of different books. I think that’s another key factor. If you read “easy” books, or those within your comfort zone, it is harder for you to grow. 

I hope that some of you found that this post helped you in some way. If it has let me know! I love connecting with fellow writers. 

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On Blogging | 10 Blog Post Ideas

 

As some of you may know I have a series here on my blog called On Writing. If you aren’t familiar, On Writing is where I share tips and tricks to help other writers. I started it because I am a writer, and I wanted to help others to succeed. Since I’ve become sort of a regular blogger now I figured I’d start another series.

With this new series, On Blogging, I’m going to share my own personal insight in way that can help others. As well as tips to become more successful.

Today I am going to share with you 10 blog post ideas. These ideas are perfect for when you’re stuck and the words just aren’t flowing, when you’re in a time crunch, and when you just want to try something new.

  1. 10 Things You Didn’t Know About Me or Get To Know Me
  2. A Book Review
  3. How To Start a Blog
  4. A Travel Bucket List
  5. How To Grow Your Social Media
  6. A What’s In My Purse
  7. Favorite Beauty Products
  8. Things You Can’t Live Without
  9. A Recipe Post
  10. A Storytime Post

 

I hope that you guys found this post helpful! If you do decide to use any of these ideas feel free to link your blog post in the comments or tweet me. I would love to see what you guys create.

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Book Reviews · Erotica/Erotic Romance · romance · suspense

BOOK REVIEW: Bound By Honor (Born in Blood Mafia Chronicles Book 1) by Cora Reilly

Where You Can Find It:

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Genre:

Romance // Erotic Romance // Suspense // New Adult // Contemporary Romance

Series:

Yes this book is the first book of the Born in Blood Mafia Chronicles. However, all books in this serious revolve around different characters within the same world. Therefore they can be read independently or as a series. It’s totally up to you.

Synopsis:

Born into one of the leading Mob families in Chicago, Aria Scuderi struggles to find her own path in a world where no choices are given. Aria was only fifteen when her parents betrothed her to Luca – The Vice – Vitiello, the oldest son of the head of the New York Cosa Nostra to ensure peace between the two families.
Now with eighteen, the day Aria has been dreading for years is looming dangerously: her wedding to Luca.
Aria is terrified of marrying a man she hardly knows, especially someone like Luca who got his nickname ‘the Vice’ for crushing a man’s throat with his bare hands. Luca might be one of the most sought after men in New York thanks to his good looks, wealth and predator-like charisma that radiates power, but the society girls throwing themselves at him don’t know what Aria does: that the bad boy aura isn’t just a game; blood and death lurk beneath Luca’s striking gray eyes and arrogant smile.
In her world a handsome exterior often hides the monster within; a monster who can just as easily kill as kiss you.
The only way to escape the marriage to Luca would be to run away and leave everything she’s ever known behind but Aria can’t bear the thought of never seeing her family again.
Despite her fear, she decides to go through with the marriage; Aria has grown up among predators like Luca and knows that even most cold-hearted bastards have a heart and she has every intention of working her way into Luca’s.

Review:

Guys I am so excited to be diving into another series. I feel like every time I begin a new book I’m entering in a totally different world and I’m obsessed.

When I first saw the cover of Bound by Honor I was intrigued. Most new adult and erotic romance books have half naked people all over the cover, but this one didn’t have that so I though I’d look further. After reading the blurb I knew this series was going to be my new thing.

Since Bound by Honor is mafia based I was a little concerned that, that particular element of the story might be over done. You all know that there are those books out there that are just too much. I’m happy to say, that in my opinion, it wasn’t. I think Reilly did a fabulous job of tying all of the story’s elements together.

Something else that I found that I loved about Bound by Honor was the characters. I know that it could be said that Aria was a “poorly” written female lead because she was submissive, but that is something that I don’t necessarily agree with. I feel like Aria fit into her role, and she was written in a way that felt so real. That’s something that I adore; when characters are written just that good.

Like I had said before this book, because of the mafia theme, could’ve become very extra at the hands of a different writer. That being said I feel like Luca was very well written as well. I do with that I had gotten to know him a little more. Yes you get to know him, but you get to know Aria a lot more. With both of them being our main characters I feel like we should get to know them equally. Even with that being said I still fell like the characters were written well.

This being a erotic romance book there is sex, but because of the situation the characters are placed in the sex is not something that has been rushed. It was done in a way that contributed to the story. Descriptions all across the board were amazing, and I was never left to wonder.

Overall the book was very good, and I do plan on continuing the series. I’m giving it a four out of five stars which is pretty average on my scale. It was a really good story, but it didn’t blow me away.

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