Book Tour: The Perfect Tear by Connie Lansberg

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Eleanor is a talented young woman with a destiny her parents never could have dreamed of. She is a singer. The Singers are in tune with nature and the powers of life, able to help things grow and heal. When a Singer turns 16, the young woman is able to use her powers fully. Unfortunately, Eleanor’s mother died when she was a child and was unable to train her in the ways of the Singers. Though Eleanor is more than just a singer, she is the only one who can stop the evil that has come to destroy her world and save all of its people. Now she must trust her instincts and follow her heart to discover the Perfect Tear and the song she needs to save them all.

This is an interesting book. I was very surprised by the story after having read the synopsis. It is what it says it is, but is so much more. This is a story of two worlds. One, a world of light and sounds, whose inhabitants create all that is and ever will be. The other, a world created by the Main Creator Tsera. Given life with the gift of free will and the ability to understand the power of Song. A competition among the novice creators allows the winner to challenge the Main Creator for a chance to take their job. When Lerion, an ambitious novice, wins the contest he accepts the challenge to capture the 3 hidden vibrations and become the new Main Creator.

Tsera had hidden the second vibration inside the Singers  and when Lerion attempts to capture that vibration, the loss of the Singers ability forces the land into a famine. Elanor learns at the age of 6 that she will be a powerful Singer able to defeat Lerion. As she grows the memory of that knowledge fades. She knows of her abilities but her destiny is murky. As she turns 16 her powers come to her and reveal her to Lerion and she must learn to be the strong Singer her world needs her to be.

I love the originality of this story and the worlds the author created are vibrant and true. The first half of the book is long and slow though. There is so much introduced and it is sometimes vague and hard to follow. At times I am not sure why I am reading about certain people and events and at times it is easy to get confused about what is happening. Between the random unannounced time and location jumps it is at times hard to follow. Though once Eleanor turns 16 the story kicks into gear and the puzzles come together.

Eleanor is the high point of this book for me. She is a strong interesting character and it was easy to empathize with her plight. The romance was light and sweet and the conflict was at times hard to decide if the bad guys were bad only because I loved Eleanor or because they were actually bad. I was often surprised by the twists and would be willing to read more about these worlds.

3.5 out of 5 stars.

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Connie Lansberg is a singer/songwriter and now author based in Melbourne Australia. She’s had her original songs placed in some of Australia’s best loved TV shows that play around the world and The Connie Lansberg Quartet is a fixture in the Melbourne jazz scene. Her most recent original musical project is Tsera’s Gift, written especially for The Perfect Tear and she performs these songs throughout Melbourne. This is Connie’s first novel and the movie is coming. The record will be out soon. Connie has received several grants from the Victoria Council of the Arts for the development of mobile phone games that she created. Connie joined the Melbourne Writers Group in 2010 to work on ideas and scripts and during this time the idea for The Perfect Tear began to develop and take shape. She continued her education by taking scriptwriting classes at the Australian Film and Television School in Melbourne. She has two more stories to complete The Perfect Tear Trilogy and is hoping to have the second book finished in 2017
“The first thing anybody tells you about this business is to say what makes you unique and different, but I couldn’t and the very idea of it never sat well with me and after much deliberation, I finally realized why. Because, I’m not unique or different-I’m exactly like you and I love that. We each have a unique filter through which we interpret the world, and with this  filter in place, I write stories and songs and you might find them surprising or intriguing or confronting, you may relate or you may not. They may make you laugh and sometimes, even cry. You may or may not understand what I’m trying to say and you may not understand me, however, rest assured, once we get past the filters, at our core, we are wonderfully and beautifully, exactly the same.”
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Book Blast: A Human Element by Donna Galanti

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Laura is a brilliant girl with a tragic past. Her mother passed when she was born and as she grew, it seems all those she loves are doomed to die violently. She hides the fact that she seems to have strange powers, she can hear thoughts and heal injuries. Her dreams are filled with images of a monster out to kill her. To find answers she follows her dreams to her hometown, where a meteorite hit a lake before she was born. There she meets Ben, whose parents died the night of the meteorite. The pair are thrown together to discover what everything means, but can they survive the being determined to kill Laura?

I enjoyed this book, there were some very dark and gruesome scenes that almost turned me off and made me put it down, but I pushed through and was glad I did. The beginning was slow as it jumped through time filling in the back story of the various characters, then it hit its stride and packed a punch. Though moments were occasionally predictable, the story did a decent job of keeping me guessing and looking for more.

The author did a good job building the world they created and filling it with characters that felt real and honest. Laura was a survivor, but she wasn’t the plucky optimist many authors would create that doesn’t fit into this story. Ben was damaged, but redeemed himself instead of having to be saved by a love story. I really appreciated that aspect of these characters. I would read more written by this author and look forward to the next book in this series.

4 out of  stars

EXCERPT

The man could hear the child’s bellowing cries coming from underneath the blanket covering it. She pushed the child into his arms as if eager to be rid of it. He took the bundle and handed the nurse his packages. The nurse began to close the door when he heard another far away cry.

The man wedged his foot in the door. “What was that?”

“N-Nothing.” The nurse looked up.

The man risked looking her in the eye.

“The girl is in pain and won’t keep quiet.” She clutched the envelope and folded her arms across her sagging bosom.

“It sounded like another baby,” he said.

“It’s just the whimpering slut. Now she’s paid double for what she’s done.” The nurse took a step back as if aware she had said too much already. She glared at him. “Now go on. You have what you wanted. And so do I.” She shut the door in his face.

The man in black stood there for a long moment, considering the woman’s choice of words. What if another child had been delivered and the frigid woman and country doctor kept it secret?

Fascinating.

He decided to keep this information to himself. He would find the opportune time to use it. He was a patient man. But first, he had to see for himself. He peeled back the child’s bunting and looked for the first time into its yellow eyes. For that moment, the baby fell silent.

“Welcome to Earth X-10.”

The baby resumed its wailing.

The man turned with his noisy package and melted into the darkness satisfied, as the doctor had been, that the night’s events had provided him with more than he had asked for.

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Donna Galanti is the author of the paranormal suspense Element Trilogy (Imajin Books –http://www.imajinbooks.com/ )  and the children’s fantasy adventure Joshua and The Lightning Road series (Month9Books –http://www.month9books.com/ ). Donna is a contributing editor for International Thriller Writers the Big Thrill (http://www.thebigthrill.org/) – magazine and blogs with other middle grade authors at Project Middle Grade Mayhem (http://project-middle-grade-mayhem.blogspot.com/search/label/Donna Galanti) . She’s lived from England as a child, to Hawaii as a U.S. Navy photographer. Donna enjoys teaching at conferences on the writing craft and marketing and also presenting as a guest author at elementary and middle schools.

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Book Tour: Home by Eleni McKnight

By Domoni

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Suzannah is an average handmaiden. She is 14 years old and her whole life she has been taught that women have no purpose other than what the men give them. She lives in the commune, Home, run by Deacon and his chosen Elders. If a woman turns 17 without being chosen to wed, she is turned away from the society and banished to be a whore and work the hard labor camps. When Suzannah accidentally sees Silas, the doctors eldest son, naked, she fears she will be turned out for being impure. When word reaches the communes leaders, Suzannah is publicly shamed, disowned by her family and forced to serve Silas to practice the skills she would need as a wife and atone for her sin. From the first day working in Silas’s familys home, Suzannah realizes they are not like anyone else in Home. The doctor treats his family fairly, as equals and they start to show Suzannah about the reality of the world she has been lied to about her whole life. Can they show her truth, respect and love and will she accept it?

I enjoyed this story, very much. I am a big fan of dystopian books and this was a good one. The author created a world that is not inconceivable. In an unspecified time at least 150 years from now, a war divided America and devastated a portion of the land. Home exists in a ruined portion. Its leaders have convinced the residents that outside the walls of the commune, cannibals and the undead roam the land and leaving would surely kill them. They are taught that no other humans still exists aside from the monsters. Deacon claims to speak with The Master, and uses a perverted version of the bible he created to control his followers.

The state of todays civilization makes it easy for me to see a future like this coming to pass. Religion is often perverted by men to gain power. There will always be men who subjugate women and people afraid to step outside the status quo. The author created a story that flowed easily for me and captured my attention and I read it in one sitting. In many ways I was reminded of the Divergent series with a more modern take on the Handmaid’s Tale. I hope there will be more to Suzannah’s story.

I would like to thank the author for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.

4 out of 5 stars.

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The next night after dinner, I went to the Maars’quarters to clean Silas’s room.
“I got it,” Silas said.
“You got what-“ I saw a book in his lap. It was a giant book, covered in pictures. I had seen
pictures before, but they were in school. They were rare, we didn’t have the technology to make photographs anymore. The book said LIFE in large white letters.
“Silas!” I cried. “What are you doing with that? You know you’ll get in trouble if they find out you have it!”
“No, I won’t,” he said. “They don’t even notice if we keep it hidden.”
“Books are rare!”
“No, they’re not,”he chuckled. “They’ve got a whole room full of books in the Elder’s wing. On shelves and stacked on top of each other in giant piles.”
“A whole room?” I repeated, trying to imagine it. “Is that where you got these?”
“Yeah, ” he said, flipping through the book. “There’s thousands of books. Tens of thousands. Maybe even a hundred thousand!”
“You’re making that up,” I said.
“Here.”
He showed me a beautiful printed page. It had yellowed a bit, the edges were dog-eared. I felt a chill; I never was allowed to handle something as precious as a book before. I had learned to read by a chalkboard and it helped when there were directions painted on the walls of the laundry and the directions on the cooking cards. This was special and sacred, and Silas was letting me handle it like the bag of laundry I picked up every night. I looked at the page on the book: in the middle, a picture was in black and white of a group of women dressed in pantsuits, like the mechanics in our commune, standing by some large metal thing. They were grinning, proud, brandishing tools, not ashamed to be forced into wearing pants like the hard labor whores were forced to, their hair under colorful red
patterned bandanas.
Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASPs)
I blinked.
“Real women in the militia?” I asked.
“Yeah. They used to have a militia with an entire department where they flew
airplanes.”
“Airplanes are made-up.”
“They used to drop bombs on the enemies during wars. They ’d blow up entire cities. And shoot each other down in air fights. ”
“Men can’t fly,” I snorted.
“I’ve flown.”
 “You’re making that up, you have not. It’s impossible!”
“They used to know how,” he said. “Papa says that there are people that still know. People go to places to get onto planes called aeroports. And the pilots would drive them across the world. You’ve never read a book, have you?”
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Eleni McKnight is a Murfreesboro, Tennessee native. She graduated from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville with a degree in Theatre with an emphasis in Literature and a wild passion for creating clothes and doing make-up. She’s also an avid reader and loves music and theatre. She started writing at age eight when she had read all the Baby-Sitter’s Club books that were out and wanted something new to read. It’s never quite left her over the years

These days, you can usually find Eleni working backstage or costuming in local community theatres, reading a book, walking (that FitBit is addictive!), at a concert, drinking a craft beer with friends, knitting, embroidering, or taking a dance class.

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Book Blast: Into Shadow by T. D. Shields

By Domoni

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Poppy is 19 years old, she has served as first lady to her father’s presidency since she was 12 years old. When the man she grew up thinking of as an uncle murders her father and the other heads of state, Poppy is the only witness. If they find her, her life will be over too. Now, she’s on the run through a country devastated by war and climate change. Poppy finds a place to hid in the supposedly deserted Boulder, Colorado. She lives each day scavenging food and avoiding killer animals and plants and the vicious roaming gangs. Raised to be able to protect herself, Poppy is a strong young woman able to keep herself going. She may be ready to reach out to people, but can she ever actually trust anyone.

I loved this book. Poppy is a strong female character who is going to save herself. She is shoved into a world she didn’t know existed and forced to question everything she ever knew. She was raised to be able to protect herself, yet sheltered from the realities of the world in the 23rd century.

The author created a vivid future for North America, one that was not hard for me to believe in. She paints the scenes and the people in a way that makes you feel as though you are walking the streets with Poppy. I love how Poppy accepts and embraces the world she is forced into. At times she revels in the first freedoms she has ever had. She balances her grief, fear, loneliness and excitement in a believable way. Add in that she is a 19 year old woman, there is a bit of some cute boy admiration going on too.

I admit I read a lot of YA dystopian books. They are one genre I embrace fully. This felt like a fresh story to me. I personally haven’t read one with a similar story line, which to be honest they do get repetitive lately. So this was an excellent change and I cannot wait to read what happens next.

I believe fans of YA dystopian novels such as the Divergent Series, Matched Series, and the Hunger Games would enjoy this book. I want to thank the author for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review. 5 out of 5 stars.

EXCERPT

We sped through the streets, taking turns recklessly fast as we tried to lose the bikes on our tails. As we flew around yet another corner, one of the bikes caught up to me and slapped into the back of my bike. It wasn’t a particularly hard collision, but it popped my bike loose from the mag-lev rail, and I went skidding sideways across the pavement. When the base of the bike hit the curb at the edge of the road, I was flung over the handlebars to land in a crumpled heap on the cracked sidewalk.

All I could do was lie there, staring blankly at a weed growing inches from my nose as I tried to catch my breath. From the corner of my eye I saw Sharra slow and look back, trying to decide if she could help me. Then she leaned low over the handlebars and shot off into the dark streets, leaving me behind.

A million small aches and pains made themselves known as I rolled slowly to my knees. I didn’t bother to get up any further than that. I was completely surrounded, and I knew I wouldn’t be able to move fast enough to break loose from all of these people and retrieve my downed bike. Instead, I waited in silence to see what would happen next and watched for an opportunity to escape.

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After writing stories in her head for the last 30+ years, Tara finally decided to take a stab at writing them down to share them with others.

Tara has a husband, 4 kids, and 5 cats to care for along with a full-time job and contract work on the side, so finding time to write is the biggest challenge. Since her most productive hours are from 12-5 a.m. anyway, Tara usually gives up sleep in favor of writing.

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Book Tour: Two Worlds Collided by Karen Michelle Nutt

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Evie runs the fanclub for Bellamy Lovel, the late lead singer of the band Civilized Heathens. She had been a fan of his since she was 14 and mourned his death when she was 24. Now, 10 years later, her two closest friends help her manage the fanclub and they are planning a memorial ball. When a night of story telling shows that Evie had more than a few chances to know Bellamy, her friend whips out the idea to do a time travelling spell. A little bit of witchcraft passed on from her mother could send the fangirl crazy Evie back in time to save the rock stars life. Can Evie stop Bellamy from his path of destruction that leads him to take his own life, and can she hold onto her heart in the process?

This was a strange book for me. Ignore the unspecified witchery that allows any old person to cast a time travel spell, and you still have a strange story. This book does have a few of the cliches that I dislike in a romance. The woman who everyone considers less than attractive, until someone styles her hair, and the drug addicted bad boy who is really just misunderstood. But looking past those, the author does seem to be reaching for a heartfelt story about pain, loss and the power of love and acceptance to overcome them.  Throw in some sex and cheese factor and this book actually works.

The author created interesting scenes, though would sometimes go a little more in depth on peoples clothing than was necessary. I liked how Evie was a strong character. Though at times her responses were juvenile, when fangirling that is believable. Bellamy was a sexy character, his banter and cockiness were enough to pull of the bad boy thing without moving fully into asshole territory. I appreciated how the relationship was reasonably progressive. Starting with lust that evolved into love but built a strong friendship, instead of the instant soulmate love many stories of this genre embrace.

3.5 out of 5 stars.

I would like to thank the author for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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Karen Michelle Nutt resides in California with her husband, three fascinating children, and houseful of demanding pets. Jack, her Chorkie, is her writing buddy and sits long hours with her at the computer.

When she’s not time traveling, fighting outlaws, or otherworldly creatures, she creates pre-made book covers to order at Gillian’s Book Covers, “Judge Your Book By Its Cover”. You can also check out her published cover art designs at Victory Tales Press and Rebecca J. Vickery Publishing.

Whether your reading fancy is paranormal, historical or time travel, all her stories capture the rich array of emotions that accompany the most fabulous human phenomena—falling in love.

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EXCERPT

Evie stood in the center of their clasped hands like they were going to play a game of London Bridge is Falling Down. The nursery rhyme seemed almost fitting. However, she wouldn’t be repairing a bridge, but a life. Making it stronger in hopes that despair didn’t weaken the mind where irrational decisions lay in wait to destroy. Evie stood nose to nose with the cardboard cutout of Lovel. It seemed creepy to be staring into those baby blue eyes and smiling face when she was about to take on a mission to save him from killing himself.

“If you zap us to oblivion, I’m going to be so mad at you,” Lisa grumbled.

Kelsey ignored her and began the spell, “Send Emerson Violet Reid back to August 3, 1997, before Bellamy Kendrick Lovel drew his last breath.” She went on and recited something that Evie didn’t understand, something old and foreign, but as Kelsey spoke the words, the air around them felt different, heavy and charged. She gripped the necklace tighter and her gaze shifted to the cardboard Bellamy lookalike. The world tilted, making her dizzy and Kelsey’s voice grew farther away. Then she felt a surge of wind around her, and a light so bright she shielded her eyes. Darkness blasted her senses next, and her body felt weightless as it zoomed through a black void. Sounds blasted her from every side and she wanted to cover her ears but couldn’t move. She was at the mercy of whatever force was driving her away from her friends.

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Book Tour: Legacy Of The Mind by H. R. Moore

By Domoni

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Anita is a peculiar woman. In Empire, the people all have an affiliation. Mind, Body, or Spirit, helps them excel in life. Anita is a Body, yet she has incredibly strong Spirit and can read other’s energy as well. When the Descendants, the ruling class, come to Empire for the funerals of the ruling Body and Spirit descendants, and Coronations for the ones who will take their place, Anita is noticed by the descendants. The instant attraction she feels for two of them is confusing and her pride is paving a dangerous path when Austin, the ruling Mind sets his sights on her. Is it possible she is the girl he is seeking that the departed Body ruler was looking for? Will the dramatic drop in the worlds energy be solved? Anita seems to have a role in much more than she had ever anticipated.

I liked this book. The author created a unique world and story that didn’t feel regurgitated like many  of today’s YA books. Though at times I felt like Anita reacted strangely, more like a 15 year old than someone about 25. She was a strong character though, and I found myself rooting for her. The smaller characters added the touch of comedy the story needed, though the romance aspect wasn’t very thrilling to me. Much of the development felt more like tackling a challenge than falling in love.

The book was a good one sitting read though and I would be interested in reading more in this world. I received an arc copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

4 out of 5 stars.

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‘I declare this Chase…open,’ Austin roared, as he flung the lid open and a pigeon launched itself into the sky.

Anita watched the pigeon in what seemed like slow motion as it paused for a split second in mid-air.  She used this opportunity to point her energy metre at the bird and lock on to its energy before hurtling down the hill with the rest of the contestants.  About half way down she felt someone shove her forcefully sideways.  She stumbled and almost fell as she saw Gwyn whip past her.  Bitch, thought Anita.  Now she felt justified in hating her.  Two can play at that game, she thought, as she launched herself off a ledge at the bottom of the hill.  She felt like she was flying.  Not missing a beat, she landed, completed a forward roll, and picked up her pace again.  The stunt gave her a bit of a lead, as most other contestants, including Gwyn, she noticed smugly, were taking the path all the way to the bottom, and were stuck in single file as the path narrowed.  Anita knew that Bas would follow her though, and the other Descendants had been behind her, so who knew what they’d done.  She pelted at full speed across a rickety bridge over the river into the dense woodland the other side.  Anita could feel someone coming up behind her.  She knew with energy that strong that it would be one of the Descendants, she just didn’t know which one, and it would waste time and energy, not to mention require risking running into a tree, if she turned to take a look.

She soon got an answer.  As she landed her vault of the fence at the far side of the woods, she saw Alexander’s delicious form recover from his own leap and race away.  Anita picked up her pace to match Alexander’s, not quite believing how fast he was for a Spirit.  They flew across the open field, easily jumping the stream that ran through its middle, and leapt at the steep incline the far side.  Anita felt totally exhilarated.  This was the first time she’d ever been truly challenged in a race, and that spurred her on to new depths of determination.

They reached the hill’s summit and picked their way down the other side back to the river.  ‘You could at least pretend to use your energy metre,’ Alexander jibed.  ‘I’ve already warned you once.’

‘You seem to have a callous disregard for your own safety, whilst being particularly precious about mine,’ she shot back.  ‘Any specific reason for that?’

‘I’m the Spirit Descendant; people would mock me if I couldn’t read energy.  You, on the other hand, are a Body, with, as it turns out, exceptional Body skills, as well as significant Spirit abilities.  You are not what you might call normal, and this is a dangerous climate in which to stick out.’

‘Well you seem to have remarkable Body skills for a Spirit and seem to be fine, so I’ll take my chances,’ retorted Anita, as they reached the river and started jumping from rock to rock to cross it.  The next group of challengers, including Gwyn, Bas and Marcus had reached the summit behind them, and Anita made a show of holding up her energy metre as she crossed the river and pointing in the direction that the pigeon had flown.  ‘Happy now?’ Anita called over her shoulder as she launched into a sprint along the river bank the other side.  Alexander pelted after her, a bit pissed off now.  He’d recently been getting used to people doing whatever he said, and Anita’s disobedience was infuriating.

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Harriet was born in Germany in 1987, the family returning to the UK, to Dorset shortly afterwards. She lived there until she was 5, her grandfather teaching her the basics of cheating at cards and swindling chocolate, her mother starting to instil a (some would argue) unhealthy relationship with cake, and the neighbours demonstrating that some people don’t understand cherry blossom is there to be picked, mixed with mint and water and sold as perfume.

Then there was Scotland; stealthy guinea pig breeding, riding horses, advanced cards, more cake, then to Devon and school in Exeter. She loved maths in the early years, but by the time she got to A Level, Sociology was her favourite subject, opening her eyes to things she’d never before considered, namely, nobody is really right, nobody is really normal and primary socialisation has a lot to answer for.
At the age of about 12, Harriet started rowing for Exeter Rowing Club. This quickly took over her life and before too long she was clad in lycra, training 6 days a week and competing at events around the country.

After finishing her A Levels, Harriet went to university in St Andrews, studying Philosophy for two years, then switching to Management. She was particularly interested in the ‘people’ elements of her course and especially the areas concerning how people create and react to change. After four very civilised years by the sea, she ventured to London, to foray into the strange world of insurance (surprisingly, more interesting than you might think). She worked as a Project Manager on large change programmes before founding her own consultancy in 2015.

Harriet now lives in Hertfordshire with her husband Chris and daughter Atia. When she isn’t, writing, editing, eating, running around after her toddler, or imagining how much better life would be with the addition of a springer spaniel, she occasionally finds the time to make hats.

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Supernatural S12 E12 “Stuck In The Middle (With You)”

By Domoni

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This weeks episode is going to have some ramifications. Mary has been working with the British Men of Letters and they have sent her on an errand. We knew in episode 9 that she was interested in their pitch, yet this is the first time we see she is working with them. Instead of calling the boys for help and filling them in, she hides the truth from them and the Winchesters end up in trouble quick.

This episode plays off like a nod to Tarentino. The time jumps  and changing perspectives, as well as the music all are reminiscent of his films. I loved every second of it. From the opening diner scene to the double cross at the end, I loved the fresh feel which only helped strengthen my feelings about how good this season is.

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Mary calls in Cass and the boys to help with a simple demon killing. She also ropes in Wally, another hunter she is using as a pawn to hide her real intentions from Sam and Dean. When the simple task goes seriously south, Cass is mortally wounded, Wally is dead and Mary is shocked by the demons yellow eyes. Turns out the demon is Ramiel a Prince of Hell, cut from the same cloth as Azazel, the big bad from season 1 who killed Mary.

He is essentially immune to all of the tools the boys have and he possess the Lance of Michael. When he stabs Cass with the lance, Castiel is unable to heal himself and begins to slowly and painfully rot. While hiding in a barn to regroup, the boys encounter Crowley, who fills them in on just who they attacked. Turns out Crowley has a deal with the Prince of Hell and he is the reason he had the deadly lance.  He informs them all that there is no cure for Castiel’s wounds and then he leaves to confront Ramiel. That doesn’t work of course and the boys have to fight the demon.

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Before Ramiel arrives, Castiel breaks down and tells them to run. He knows just how strong Ramiel is and that he has no chance. He tells the Winchesters how much they mean to him and they tell him to shut up because they don’t leave family behind. (At this point I cried like a baby) Ramiel arrives and gives them 30 seconds to return what they stole. Though the brothers had no idea Mary stole from the demon and she opts out of turning the item over. So they fight. In the end, Sam wrestles the lance away and stabs Ramiel with it and he evaporates. Immediately the Winchesters turn to Cass who is now spewing nasty black goo from the mouth. This is the end for the angel.

Except for one thing, Crowley remembers something said about the lance. He picks up the discarded weapon and breaks it in half. A bright light flashes from the lance as well as from Cass and the angel is instantly healed. All hail the King.

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Final scene, Mary is talking with the mannequin man from the British Men of Letters. Shes angry that she was sent in to such a dangerous situation and threatens to destroy the BMOL if it happens again. Then she hands over the stolen item. Surprise, surprise, Mary stole the Colt and she is handing it over to the creeps from across the pond. Oh Mary, how could you.

This episode did give some small clues about the overarching story-line involving Kelly, Lucifer’s baby mama and obviously more questions about the BMOL, are they good or bad, we still don’t know. I though last weeks episode was one of my favorites, then this week came in with a bang. The second half of this season is killing it.

Supernatural airs on the CW network, Thursdays at 8:00 PM

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Book Tour: Ascension by Hannah Rials

By Domoni

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Life is supposed to be perfect and make sense after Cheyenne faces her Ascension ceremony. The simple event should usher in her time of ascension leading up to her affirmation ceremony which marks adulthood for her people. Cheyenne is a Deuxsang, half human half vampire. However, her simple ceremony doesn’t go as planned and Cheyenne knows she is different, but she doesn’t understand what that means. Her affirmation is coming closer and Cheyenne has yet to find her ability. When she meets a handsome young man, Cheyennes feelings become more confused as she learns he is a witch. The Duexsang consider witches to be their mortal enemies. They owe their allegiance to the vampires who protect them and must keep their existence a secret from humans. Spending the summer in New Orleans with her sister and brother in law was supposed to be simple, but it is definitely not.

This was an interesting story. The author writes well and the flow is steady which made it easy to read. Cheyenne is an interesting character and though I felt the author could have filled in a few more holes in her story, she was easy to sympathize with. When Cheyenne meets Eli and begins to fall for the witch the book has an interesting vibe. Somewhat a Romeo and Juliet meets Vampire Academy.

The story has some moments that were predictable, but for the most part, it kept me guessing. The ending was unexpected, and then also abrupt. Cliffhangers like that make me sad that there will be an undetermined wait to know what happens to Cheyenne and her friends.

I received an arc copy of the book in exchange for an honest review. I enjoyed the book and give it 4 out of 5 stars.

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About the author

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As Maryville native and current college student at University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, Hannah Rials began writing her first novel at age twelve. Eight years later, the result is her newly published YA novel Ascension; a modern day teenage romance filled with “double-blooded” vampires and revenge-seeking witches.

Published by Aletha Press of Maryville, TN, Ascension is Rial’s first novel. When not attending college and spending time with her family, Rials keeps busy by playing with her beloved Corgis, Buddy and Noel, leading a creative writing group at University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and cultivating her writing skills.

“I feel like I am living proof that dreams do come true.”– Hannah Rials

 

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Book Tour: Eye Candy by Pauline Allan

By Domoni

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Gavin has had a rough few years. A bike messenger by day and dancer at night, he does what he needs to to pay his way. He has rules though, and he won’t cross the line just for an extra buck. He is working on his GED and plans to change his life. When the handsome Dutch comes in to the club with a bachelor’s party group, the instant attraction is strong. Dutch is drawn to Gavin and wants to give him more than just tips for a dance, Gavin does not want to feel bought. When the protective feelings Dutch harbor have him following Gavin around all week, the dancer finally concedes to going back to Dutch’s house with him, just to get away from where he is. Respect and graciousness abounds as the men get to know each other without crossing the lines.

This was a really quick read for me. It only took about an hour, the story flows rather smoothly. This is not the typical type of book for me, a very sexual romance, however the writing was good and the author is able to paint the scenes well. It was an ok love story, somewhat reminded me of Pretty Woman. Wealthy man sweeps poor struggling love interest off their feet. Granted Gavin was clearly not a prostitute able to be bought. The story progressed in a reasonable time frame of respectable lusting so I give it points for not jumping into immediate love and sex.

I’m not sure if I am the target demographic for a book about two gay men falling in love, so I will refrain from rating this on a star based system.

Blurb

Gavin Rossi is one sexy piece of Eye Candy wrapped in a tight body and sweet smile. The hot breath on his neck, the mesmerizing rhythm as he rolls his hips, the strong chest rising and falling beneath his hands make for a distraction he’s terrified to see play out.

When Dutch Williamson feels a set of perfectly sculpted thighs slipping over his lap, the last thing his liquor-hazed brain registers is this is my future. The tempting piece of Eye Candy grinding on his lap is going to cut him at the knees, and he knows it.

This is a dance. This is a tease. God, this is so much more.

EXCERPT

Gavin stood by the marble-top island. “We need to discuss rent.” He stuffed his hands in the pockets of his faded jeans. “Between the two jobs, I can pay you something. I don’t expect a handout. I need to do my part.”

Everything had turned upside down. Being alone and content no longer counted for anything good in his life. Once again, the privileges of his birth were humbling. He shut the door. The guy had pride. Fighting the urge to pull those sexy hips into his hands, he passed the island and looked over his shoulder. “You coming? You can pick which room you want and…we’ll discuss the logistics in the morning when you come to the restaurant for your interview.”

He stopped, giving Gavin time to catch up at the staircase.

“You were serious, weren’t you? I um, I really didn’t expect you to offer me a job. I figured I could get a good night’s sleep, you’d wake up and regret asking me to be a tenant, and I’d have to take off, but now it feels different.”

Dutch stopped when they reached the top of the stairs. “I told you, you’re safe with me. If you stay around, you’ll see I’m telling the truth. Every bedroom has a lock. Use it if you feel you need to, but know it’s your space, and I’ll respect that.”

Gavin took the bag to sling it over his shoulder. “What if I don’t want to lock the door?”

Well hell. “Then I’ll need to lock mine.”

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Pauline lives in the Midwest with her hero husband, two handsome boys, one ornery cat, and a lovely Pitbull. She enjoys writing erotic romance for all readers. From MM contemporary romance series to LGBT fairytales, Pauline shares stories that she holds close to her heart. By day Pauline is a special care baby registered nurse and by night a hopeless romantic. She loves to travel to New Orleans twice a year to recharge her creative battery and enjoy a bag full of powdered sugar covered beignets. Sit down, relax and Laissez les bons temps rouler!

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Book Tour: The Ashes and the Sparks by Mary Victoria Johnson

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Jorun is a typical teenage girl in many ways. She strains against the boundaries set on her by her parents and feels alive when she is in the secret tunnels with her friends. Only her small group knows about the tunnels and she will spend every night there with her group, especially Torgny. When a stranger finds his way into the hidden underground maze, his story of airships that destroyed his island is hard to believe. When the ships come to her home, everything will change. Wondering if Torgny favors her and fighting with her annoying younger sister are now the least important things in her life. What will she do to save her home?

I enjoyed this novel.The author does a great job creating vivid characters and a world that is picturesque and easy to imagine. From the first paragraph my attention was grabbed and i had no trouble reading this book in one sitting. It did not have any slow spots, though the ending left me wanting. Jorun is an admirable character. She is a strong young woman and I only wish there was more to read about her.

4 out of 5 stars

About the Author
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Hi! I’m Mary Victoria Johnson, author of fantastical Young Adult fiction. I wrote
my first novel when I was fourteen, and I haven’t stopped since! Now eighteen,
my bibliography includes BOUNDARY, the first part of the Other Horizons Trilogy (Lodestone Books, 2015) and THE ASHES AND THE SPARKS (Fire and Ice YA, 2016). I was born in Cambridgeshire in the UK, and I now live on Vancouver Island where I study Creative Writing at the University of Victoria.
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