#NewRelease: The Immortal Truth, by @Amy_Sparling

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Cara and Riley know the truth about their new job, but they can’t say a word about it to anyone or they’ll be killed. While their fates hang in the balance, Theo has promised to find a way to help them. Help can’t be found in Austin, so he spends a lot of time traveling and leaving Cara behind to pretend like everything is normal.

Tired of sitting around and waiting to die, Cara and Riley want to take matters into their own hands. They discover the secrets of the Rosewater clan, and find out their leader isn’t the leader at all. As mysteries are uncovered, they learn they’ve fallen into a hidden war of immortal clans that’s been raging for centuries.

Theo has been shielding Cara from the horrible truth, but Cara has just discovered some truths that even he didn’t know.

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You can grab a copy of this book from

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About the Author:

Amy Sparling is the author of The Summer Unplugged Series, Deadbeat & other awesome books for younger teens. She also writes books for older teens under the name Cheyanne Young.

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#Review: The Immortal Mark, by @Amy_Sparling

the-immortal-markTitle: The Immortal Mark (The Immortals #1)
Author: Amy Sparling
Rating: 4/5 stars

From the bestselling author of Summer Unplugged, The Immortal Mark is the first in a new paranormal romance series by Amy Sparling.

The only thing Cara got for her eighteenth birthday was an unexpected invitation to move out of her uncle’s house. College isn’t an option for a poor girl with average grades, so when her best friend Riley finds them a mysterious job opportunity that includes room and board, Cara is interested but thinks it sounds too good to be true.

The night before their interview, Cara has an epic night out with Theo, an impossibly handsome guy she just met. He’s charismatic, a little mysterious, and it feels like she’s known him her whole life.

When she runs into him at her interview, he’s cold and elusive. He makes it very clear that he doesn’t want her working with him, which only makes their mutual attraction burn hotter. Cara takes the job for Riley’s sake and promises herself she’ll avoid this jerk and his mood swings, no matter how hard it is to keep away from him.

Soon she finds out her millionaire employers aren’t normal guys who live and travel in luxury. They’re immortals. Theo wasn’t trying to ruin her job prospects. He was trying to save her life, because the girls they hire never make it out alive.(description from Goodreads)

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Up until now, I’ve only read Amy Sparling’s YA contemporary romances. But with The Immortal Mark, things have changed. This is a paranormal romance, and apparently Sparling’s first, though I wouldn’t have known if I wasn’t told.

This is a great first book in what can turn into one of my favorite series. I see, from this book alone, much potential for follow-ups, that I’ll be eagerly awaiting their release.

What I found interesting was that for a good part of the beginning, this book had the contemporary feel from Sparling’s other books. She was able to establish her main characters, their motivations, the very real-life situation they’re in, and a possible solution to their troubles. Then BOOM, there’s a curveball and we’re on a paranormal adventure! I really liked how this was worked into the book because it felt fresh to me. And the timing was right because I’d gotten to know the characters the perfect amount before things changed for them.

I really hope the next book comes out sooner, rather than later, because I want to see where this series is going. I know it’ll be a great adventure.

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You can grab this book from:

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About the Author:

Amy Sparling is the author of The Summer Unplugged Series, Deadbeat & other awesome books for younger teens. She also writes books for older teens under the name Cheyanne Young.

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#Review: Spellbound, by @Daisy_Prescott

spellbound-prescottTitle: Spellbound
Author: Daisy Prescott
Rating: 5/5 stars

“If you don’t carve a pumpkin, it will appear ripe and perfect for months while it slowly rots from the inside out before imploding. The act of transforming a simple, ordinary gourd into something magical accelerates its downfall.

The same could be said for my life.

For twenty-one years I’ve lived quietly in the shadows, avoiding attention, and escaping notice.

I hide in plain sight.

With glasses and average brown eyes below the same dark hair sported by the majority of humans on the planet, there’s nothing extraordinary about me.

Except nothing about me is ordinary.

Not with the last name Wildes in Salem, Massachusetts.

My mother believed she could escape my fate by marrying a normal man.

My father thought he could change me by removing me from Salem and my mother’s history.

Both of them are wrong.

My fate has been sealed since the first time I laid eyes on Madison Bradbury.

She thinks she’s average, but she’s extraordinary to me.

A new love. A curse. Everything can go wrong. ” (description from Goodreads)

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I very much enjoyed Daisy Prescott’s story Bewitched. So much so that I went right out and bought this one, the sequel, Spellbound. My eagerness was rewarded by an even more enjoyable read.

Everything that I enjoyed about the first story was present in its sequel. But what made it more enjoyable for me was that the characters were able to develop more. There was also some more development in the ongoing plot points, some of which were only hinted at in Bewitched.

I also found it interesting to be inside of Andrew’s head for this story. He’s the character going through personality changes due to unknown causes. This would have been easy to write from another character’s point of view, but Prescott decided to get into the head of the one dealing with this issue first hand. And she does it well. While reading, I felt how helpless Andrew was to the changes taking place. It added a unique experience to this story that I haven’t seen anywhere else.

I would really like to read more stories from this series and I’m hoping Prescott plans on writing more. I only hope I don’t have to wait too long to read them. Though, I know however long the wait it, it’ll be worth it.

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You can buy this book from:

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About the Author:

USA Today Bestselling author Daisy Prescott lives in a real life Stars Hollow in the Boston suburbs with her husband and an indeterminate number of imaginary housegoats. When not writing about people falling in love, she can be found traveling, gardening, baking, and reading a good book.

Her novels include the Modern Love Stories series, the Wingmen series, and several short stories. She’s also working on expanding the world of Bewitched this fall.

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#HalloweenReads: @MetalBlonde’s Experiment in Terror series!

Looking for something to read today on Halloween? Here’s a nice long series to keep you turning the pages long after October ends.

Karina Halle’s

Experiment in Terror series

BOOK 1: DARKHOUSE

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There’s always been some­thing a bit off about Perry Palomino. Though she’s been deal­ing with a quarter-life cri­sis and post-college syn­drome like any other twen­tysome­thing, she’s still not what you would call “ordi­nary.” For one thing, there’s her past which she likes to pre­tend never hap­pened, and then there’s the fact that she sees ghosts. Luck­ily for her, that all comes in handy when she stum­bles across Dex Foray, an eccen­tric pro­ducer for an upcom­ing web­cast on ghost hunters. Even though the show’s bud­get is non-existent and Dex him­self is a mad­den­ing enigma, Perry is instantly drawn into a world that both threat­ens her life and seduces her with a sense of impor­tance. Her uncle’s haunted light­house pro­vides the per­fect cat­a­lyst and back­drop for a hor­rific mys­tery that unrav­els the threads of Perry’s frag­ile san­ity and causes her to fall for a man, who, like the most dan­ger­ous of ghosts, may not be all that he seems.

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That’s just book one. There are eight others in the series, along with some novellas! You can find them all by going to Halle’s website or Amazon page. Both are linked below the bio.

If you check this series out, I’d love to hear what you thought, and I’m more than happy to hear about some of your favorite Halloween Reads in the comments.

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About the Author:

Karina Halle author picKarina Halle is a former travel writer and music journalist and The New York Times, Wall Street Journal and USA Today Bestselling author of The Pact, Racing the Sun, Sins & Needles and over 25 other wild and romantic reads. She lives on an island off the coast of British Columbia with her husband and her rescue pup, where she drinks a lot of wine, hikes a lot of trails and devours a lot of books.

Halle is represented by the Waxman Leavell Agency and is both self-published and published by Simon & Schuster and Hachette in North America and in the UK.

Hit her up on Instagram at @authorHalle, on Twitter at @MetalBlonde and on Facebook. You can also visit http://www.authorkarinahalle.com and sign up for the newsletter for news, excerpts, previews, private book signing sales and more.

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#Review: Bewitched, by @Daisy_Prescott

bewitchedTitle: Bewitched
Author: Daisy Prescott

Rating: 4/5 stars

“Madison Bradbury isn’t interested in spells or magic, or anything hocus-pocus related despite descending from the original Salem witches. Her life as a Hawthorne College junior is boring. Perfectly so. That is until Andrew Wildes appears in her class–like a quiet, brooding hero straight from one of her favorite romances.

When a local witch convinces Madison to use a love spell on her crush, what happens next is more than magical.

A crush. A love spell. What could go wrong?

Bewitched is a short novella and book one of a series of magical stories that continues with Spellbound” (description from Goodreads)

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Halloween is just around the corner and I found a great novella to get myself in the mood for it, fall, and a little romance.

Bewitched has many great things going for it. It’s a novella set in Salem, Massachusetts. But with that doesn’t come the overdone storyline of the witch trials being involved in everything. Well, it’s not in the readers face. There’s just the right about of history present in this version of Salem. There’s an interesting element of magic that kept me on my toes in this mostly real world story. Prescott knows what she’s writing about and writes it well.

I also really enjoyed the characters. And not just the two lead characters. Their friends were great too. For the length that this novella is, the author was able to develop both characters and setting smoothly and naturally. That’s not a feat all authors can accomplish so well.

I’m looking forward to reading the sequel Spellbound soon. While this story ended well on its own, I want to read more about certain things. And frankly, I’m not ready to leave Salem and these characters behind.

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You can buy this book from:

Amazon

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About the Author:

USA Today Bestselling author Daisy Prescott lives in a real life Stars Hollow in the Boston suburbs with her husband and an indeterminate number of imaginary housegoats. When not writing about people falling in love, she can be found traveling, gardening, baking, and reading a good book.

Her novels include the Modern Love Stories series, the Wingmen series, and several short stories. She’s also working on expanding the world of Bewitched this fall.

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